She’s cute, seems nice enough, and you’re interested to see where it’ll head. Unlike Western dating shows, where the drama comes from women battling each other for the affections of a man they might not even really like, or the manufactured wackiness of opposites attracting, or even the insanity of getting married at first sight, It works like this: a male contestant is introduced to 24 women (the women are show regulars, until they get dates themselves).
We’ve got our fingers crossed.” In Australia, those potential new girlfriends would be running for the nearest pub. At first, it was controversial for the contestants’ obsession with money and power (one woman claimed she’d be happier crying in a BMW than laughing on the back of a motorbike), but after a government crackdown concerned with getting back to communist party values, the show is now popular because of what it is: brutally honest, BS-free matchmaking.
Since its debut in January 2010, Jiangsu Satellite TV's "If You Are the One" has become the most popular TV dating show in China.
Millions of Chinese viewers at home and abroad rush to watch the latest episodes aired on weekend nights.
She’ll quiz him on his health, his family, how clean his house is, what he likes to eat for breakfast.
And it sounds weird, but in this way, the show circumvents the superficial not by saying it doesn’t matter, but by acknowledging that it does, and addressing it.
The show’s gimmick puts the burden of choosing a partner not on potential suitors, but on their parents.The word refers to women who don’t get married by 27, and are then considered “leftover” or “cast aside,” essentially undesirable.However, this presents a problem for the growing number of Chinese women following their own careers.The show has already received no small amount of negative feedback online, accused of being a “step backwards for Chinese society," with some netizens saying it amounts to arranged marriage with new packaging.However, as China continues its modernization and old often gives way to new, the show’s apparent support for a more conservative, traditional take on dating gives us some insight into parts of Chinese society that the average expat might not encounter.